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Dec 9, 2013 5:30pm PST
been together with all my friends if it wasn't for mandela. >> reporter: president obama arriving here early tuesday morning. we're told he's been working on his speech, but, brian, no preview of exactly what he plans to say. >> lester holt in soweto tonight. lester, thanks. >>> as we said at the top of the broadcast as lester repeated, four american presidents will be here to honor and remember nelson mandela. that has only happened once before when four presidents traveled to jordan after the death of king hussein back in 1999. former president carter was the first to arrive here. and earlier today i had a chance to sit down with him in johannesburg as he recalled meeting his friend nelson mandela for the first time. >> i had a chance to meet with him and winnie. he reminded us that our daughter ai my had been arrested three times as a college student for demonstrating against apartheid. obviously that formed an instant friendship. >> reporter: do you have any concerns about a post-nelson mandela south africa, even though he was out of a policy-making role, as you know, his pres
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Dec 6, 2013 4:30am PST
. today there are tears, songs and mementos as they bid nelson mandela farewell. president barack obama said the man many called father taught him about perseverance. >> we lost one of the courageous and profoundly good human beings that maany of us will share tim with. >> mandela was thrown in prison for 27 years because of his efforts to end segregation in south africa but walked free and became the nation's first black president. the world embraced him and the u.s. congress gave him highest honors. >> i was in the presence of greatness. he inspired so many people. >> reporter: in london families mourned. david cameron called mandela a hero for all times. >> tonight, one of the brightest lights of our world has gone out. >> reporter: in harlem the apollo theater marked his passing. at howard university students honored by candlelight. >> we're so glad what he did. >> reporter: the world promises to remember mandela's great sacrifice. flags at the capitol are at half-staff. world leaders are expected to head to south africa to gather in memory of nelson mandela. >> and news of mandela'
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00am PST
bill clinton, who later presented him with a congressional gold medal. mandela stepped down as president in 1999, but he lived long enough to see america swear in its own first black president, and he was paid a visit many south africa by first lady michelle obama who brought along her daughters. nelson mandela's south africa embraced a multi-racial future and re-entered the family of nations. he leaves a legacy of freedom and proof that one life can make a difference. >> we are one country. we are one people. >> reporter: brian williams, nbc news, new york. >> we will have more on mandela's death in just a moment, but, first, some other stories developing this friday. you are watching many americans experiencing a massive weren't storm blasting its way across much of the country. take a look at oklahoma. a number of accidents there have been reported due to the recent snow accumulation. temperatures in missouri dipping so low that roads became sheets of ice, leaving drivers just like that, sliding all over the streets. nbc's meteorologist bill karens has more on that for us. w
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Dec 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. >> president zuma's announcement was followed within the hour by president obama from the white house. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> part of an emotional appearance late today by president obama in the white house briefing room. nbc news correspondent roh rohit kachroo. all tonight we have seen people gathering to celebrate and sing celebrating the life of nelson mandela. while it's important to note that some will wake up to the sad news in the morning. >> reporter: that's right, brian. it is incredibly early in the morning here. almost 2:00. and many south africans haven't heard the news yet. but a few hundred of those who have came down here to nelson mande mandela's home. immediately they have gathered around us. they are singing songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. singing in all 12 languages, multi-cultural, multi-racial celebration of the
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Dec 9, 2013 4:00am PST
president nelson mandela begins today. president obama and three of his predecessors will be among the tens of thousands in johannesburg. nbc's ron allen is live outside of the former leader's home in soweto. ron, good morning. what is the latest you are seeing? >> reporter: richard, the celebration continues of the life of nelson mandela. there is grieving and mourning but the mood in this country has been upbeat and celebratory since the passing of mandela. yesterday a day of reflection. today perhaps a day of preparation for the huge memorial service set to take place tomorrow, tuesday, at the huge soccer football stadium here that seats 80,000 people. there will be hundreds of thousands of people perhaps millions lining the route trying to get a glimpse at this huge event. 50 or 75 or more leaders will be here. president obama, clinton, carter and bush, as well. all of this culminates sunday with the funeral. >> ron allen will be reporting for us throughout the process this week. >>> you heard it here, a washington budget deal might be imminent. "the washington post" reports that f
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Dec 10, 2013 7:00am PST
. >> reporter: president obama, who received a warm welcome, told the crowd how mandela's example helped guide his own path. >> but i believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self reflection. with honesty, regardless of our station or our circumstance, we must ask, how well have i applied his lessons in my own life. >> reporter: the crowd, overcome with emotion. mandela's life held up as a call to action, that the work to end oppression is far from over. security on heightened alert for this impressive gathering of world leaders, many seated behind bullet-proof glass. the powerful came to honor a man who stood up to power, and changed the course of history. president obama only spending a few hours here will head whack to washington later today. and we should note, this is all part of a long goodbye, ten-day period of mourning. tomorrow nelson mandela's body will lie in state for a period of three days before his burial in his ancestral home land, the village of qunu in the eastern cape of south africa. matt? >> the organizers of this event had a long time to plan it, because unf
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Dec 10, 2013 2:05am PST
us when president obama gives his remarks in soweto for the nelson mandela memorial. >> -- from freedom and equality, for democracy and justice. his compassion stands out most. he was angry at injustice. not at individuals. he hated hatred, not the people. he showed the awesome power of possibilities and of connecting people with each other and with the true meaning
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
continue to place flowers outside the home of nelson mandela. the country now getting ready for a memorial to honor the former leader of south africa. we have new video to show you of president obama and the first lady getting on air force one headed for the memorial. also on the plane, george h. bush and his wife laura. let's go live to tracie potts this morning. a few miles from where the memorial will take place. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. so quickly before we show you what's happening around the country here in soweto i show you what you can probably hear across from the mandela house, again there is singing and dancing in the streets. sort of an impromptu celebration. yesterday we saw a big anc rally. looks like they are setting up the stage for another. people here very sorrowful about nelson mandela but also very happy to celebrate what he did here in his life. >> this morning roads are still open around soccer city, the stadium where thousands are expected for tomorrow's public memorial. the government says 53 dignitaries have confirmed so far including presi
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Dec 9, 2013 5:00am PST
morning. yes, air force one now down the runway. aboard president obama and his wife michelle headed to south africa to attend the funeral for nelson mandela like so many from across the world. 5:23. rankings are in when it comes to florida state will play auburn to decide who will be the national champ. >> seminoles on top of the standings for the first time since 1999 playing the tigers january 6 in pasadena. >> for stanford they finished fifth in the standing and will play michigan state on new year's day. it will be the second straight trip to the rose bowl for the cardinal who beat wisconsin last season. >> the talk this morning in the bay area is not who won a bowl bid but who did not. san jose state was bowl eligible after upsetting fresno state in the final game of the season but at 6-6 for the season, the spartans were a bubble team, and the bubble has burst. with other big name teams to be had san jose state was left off the bowl list and that means quarterback time as a spartan is over. what an incredible job. a school record holder for the most touchdowns and yards in a seas
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
the nation mourns its former president, nelson mandela. flags are also at half staff at the white house this morning. president obama and the first lady will be going to south africa on tuesday. and former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be going to south africa this week. nelson mandela will be laid to rest this week. charlene hunter-gault who worked for npr during nelson mandela's presidency, and from new york, special correspondent tom brokaw. here is tom back in 1990 interviewing nelson mandela after he was released from prison. it's a great photo. the reverend jesse jackson is here, one of the first people to greet mandela after he was released from prison. what a great day that was. we'll talk about it. and he wrote a book entitled "mandela's way." and charles ogletree who marched for mandela's freedom and subsequently met with him several times. welcome to all of you. it's a great privilege to have this conversation. i want to begin in south africa with charlene
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00pm PST
africa tomorrow for nelson mandela. security extra tight. crews have been working to install bulletproof gas as well as the final touches at a stadium in johannesburg. president obama will lead a handful of world leaders to pay tribute to the former south african president. one of mandela's daughters met well wishers this evening outside her father's home. she gave out candles while hugging some of the thousands who gathered there. >> i mean, like, we're obviously very sad. a small gesture to thank people for all the support, the prayers. this is a difficult time. >> after the memorial, mandela's body will lie in state for three days. his burial will take place sunday where he was born. nbc will broadcast tomorrow's memorial service live right here on nbc bay area starting at 1:00 a.m. >>> a man got an unexpected layover on his way to los angeles. we do mean layover. tom wagner boarded a united express flight at louisiana friday and expected to land in houston and board another plane to los angeles. he said he fell asleep and woke up in a dark, empty plane. finding the door locked, he us
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
. mandela also faced obstacles. while obama only met the south african leader once, president obama clearly understands the meaning of mandela. i was in college when mandela was freed from prison. in 1990 i traveled to oakland to see him during his visit to the u.s. on a victory tour, of sorts. he thank ed the tens of thousans gathered in the oakland sun for his support and toppling the right racist regime. his pure joy talking to the crowd is what i will always remember. i welcome this moment to pay tribute to nelson mandela as a figure who can inspire human beings to be better people. he exuded patience, principal as well as grace as a person. even after so much had been taken from him, he kept his heart open and changed the world. up next here, more on mandela and his relationship with the u.s. with our political roundtable after this short break. vo: two years of grad school. 20 years with the company. thousands of presentations. and one hard earned partnership. it took a lot of work to get this far. so now i'm supposed to take a back seat when it comes to my investments? there'
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Dec 10, 2013 12:35am PST
are watching live coverage of the remembrance of nelson mandela live from soweto, south africa. >> interesting you mention where people are seated. i was wondering how close hamid karzai would be sitting to president obama. a wonderful moment, right? possibly. >> think about the african leaders here. >> absolutely. i suspect they are all here. i haven't received a complete list but when i looked at the list it seemed like even one who had a contentious relationship with mandela. mandela eclipsed him and he let it be known that he didn't appreciate it. he is here to celebrate nelson mandela. people are embracing that the watch word now ought to be forgiveness. >> definitely one of those they are working very diligently to separate from others. >> here usually beautifully attired clothing. >> she set the standard expected of her. >> that's right. >> i like the military escorts for them all. it adds a nice pomp and circumstance. >> i interviewed her once. my first question was where did i get the outfit. she said i have my own designer from my own country but lives in paris. >> as
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Dec 7, 2013 5:00am PST
testament to the legacies of a young boy and a beloved leader. nelson mandela, you saw there, was honored was replica statue of that iconic hector peterson photo in 2006. that same year, then senator barack obama visited the memorial and met with antoinette peterson, clearing a sign of how important that 1976 protest was in movement to end apartheid and free nelson mandela. we will have more from here shortly but back to new york with another check of the forecast from dylan. >> good morning, lester. we have chris' birthday. you left your husband at home? >> i did. >> i appreciate you're decked out for him. chris in virginia, happy birthday. i'm sure you're enjoying peace and quiet. >>> better conditions in new york city although it's not going to last but where it is cold, it is bitter cold. look at the windchill warnings all up and down parts of the northern plains, back into even eastern washington. it is so cold and so windy out that way, it feels like 29 degrees below zero and helena, montana. i don't even know what that feels like. it is so brutal out that way and that cold
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Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm PST
embassy in washington, hundreds are coming to pay their respects. >> i'm not sure obama would be president without mandela. >> everybody has united today. >> reporter: uniting his nation after apartheid was mandela's mission. when he brought his white jailers to his inauguration, colin powell was there. >> he said let's reach out and show love and reconciliation. he's our washington and our lincoln and our martin luther king all rolled into one. >> reporter: hillary clinton was at the inauguration. >> a lawyer and a freedom fighter. a prisoner and a leader. a man of anger and of forgiveness. >> reporter: there was no contradiction in what mandela stood for. >> the idea of every single human being ought to be free of oppression and justice can prevail. >> reporter: the white house announced president obama will go to south africa joining world leaders and south africans for the funeral of nelson mandela. there's a major memorial at the national cathedral here at washington on wednesday for this foreign leader held in high esteem by so many americans. >> thank you. >>> late this af
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Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm PST
nation lovingly remembering the man. president obama said mandela's journey from prisoner to president, taught him the power of hope. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: mandela was born in south africa's black elite. but he led the movement against apartheid and was thrown in jail. tonight, south africans remember. >> our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embrace him as their own. >> reporter: when nelson mandela walked free after 27 years, he won the presidency, calling for racial reconciliation. and he made it work. no retribution. no trials. just forgiveness and an example to all. the world embraced nelson mandela. the u.s. congress gave him highest honors. tonight, the white house's flag is at half-staff. and this sign is up at the apollo theater. leaders in south africa are consulting with mandela's family regarding the funeral plans. but it is expected south africa will begin 10 to 12 days of official mourning. he lived his life thousands
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Dec 8, 2013 8:00am PST
from this era of argument in washington. president obama eulogized president mandela. >> the day he was released from prison shows me what can be done when presidents are guided by their faith and not by their fears. >> yet president obama has struggled since he made history. he still aspires to achieve political consensus on some of the country's most pressing challenges. mandela also faced obstacles. while obama only met the south african leader once, president obama clearly understands the meaning of mandela. i was in college when mandela was freed from prison. in 1990 i traveled to oakland to see him during his visit to the u.s. on a victory tour, of sorts. he thank ed the tens of thousans gathered in the oakland sun for his support and toppling the right racist regime. his pure joy talking to the crowd is what i will always remember. i welcome this moment to pay tribute to nelson mandela as a figure who can inspire human beings to be better people. he exuded patience, principal as well as grace as a person. even after so much had been taken from him, he kept his heart open and chan
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Dec 9, 2013 4:30am PST
head to south africa ahead after memorial to honor nelson mandela who died last week. officials expect thousands to fill a soccer stadium for tomorrow's memorial. the government says at least 53 dignitaries are expected including president obama and the first lady, presidents bush, clinton and carter, bonky moon and many more. president obama plans to speak. we are getting more information on mandela's final hours. a friend who saw him two hours before he died said he was sleeping peacefully, not on life support but clearly near the end. and i could see that he is different from the conditions i saw him earlier, that he is now giving up. >> hundreds of people attended a prayer service last night and there is another scheduled for tonight. >> it's 4:38. time to get a look at the faulk for this week. i was hoping for a warm-up. >> well, we've got one for you. it's just going to be very gradual. it's going to take a while before we return to the 60s. but they are on the seven-day forecast. and hey, we won't make you wait for it. it's scrolling at the bottom of the screen. temperatures thi
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Dec 10, 2013 4:30am PST
president obama spoke of his appreciation for nelson mandela and his struggle. >> the questions we face today, how to promote equality and justice, how to uphold freedom and human rights, how to end conflict and sectarian war, these things do not have easy answers. but there were no easy answers in front of that child born in world war i, nelson mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. >> it poured rain during the entire ceremony, rain which in south africa is considered good luck. it appears the rain kept the crowds smaller. the stadium holds 95,000 people. it was about two-thirds full. >> for three days nelson mandela's body will lie in state at the union building in pretoria where he was sworn in as president in 1994. each morning his coffin will be carry fluid the streets to give as many as possible to pay final respects. a funeral willen sunday at his childhood village. head to nbcbayarea.com and search nelson mandela. >> if you are up early with us this morning, may want to think about what you're going to wear. dress in layers, i would think. >> brilli
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Dec 6, 2013 5:30pm PST
way, the clintons will join the obamas along with george w. bush and laura bush at nelson mandela's memorial services in south africa. president bush senior is unable to make the long journey. former president carter has yet to release his plans. >>> in this country for millions of americans tonight, the news is a massive ice storm churning through the center of the country east of the mississippi river, most of it. several deaths are already being blamed on the storm, and it's going to be a big factor on into the weekend. we begin our coverage with nbc's ron mott in memphis for us tonight. ron, good evening. >> reporter: hey, brian. good evening to you. here's what we are dealing with in memphis. freezing rain is coating all the trees, as you can see here. they have a big marathon planned for tomorrow. tonight it's the cars running on the icy roads and they are trying to get home safely from texas to ohio. getting from point "a" to point "b" has been dicey today as a major winter storm pounded the country with snow and ice, cutting power to more than 3-h,000 who could face at least
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Dec 9, 2013 7:00am PST
mandela. president obama and the first lady are making the trip along with george w. bush and jimmy carter will also attend. >>> bernie madolf blasts investors in his scheme. he says they were sophisticated and should have known better. >> that makes you shake your head. if you're in the market for a used car, it's the first question you tend to ask, how many miles? but can you trust the odometer. a rossen reports investigation exposes a growing scam. >>> who should be the person of the year? our friends with "time" are out with the short list including everybody from presidents to pop stars. even some names we didn't know about. >> please no. >> if everybody else died they would be on the list. >> exactly. first, how about this one. have you ever fallen asleep and wake up confused about where you are? wait until you hear what happened to one guy that fell asleep in houston. nbc's janet shamlian picks up the story from bush international airport. good morning to you. >> reporter: yeah, this one, matt, is hard to believe. we're all familiar with the pitfalls of air travel. everything
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Dec 6, 2013 7:00am PST
was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: as a senator obama had visited mandela, and the president and mrs. obama brought their doubters to robben island prison so they could better understand what mandela had suffered. after he died, michelle obama tweeted we will forever draw strength and inspiration from nelson mandela's extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness and humility. bill clinton tweeted a picture and wrote, "i will never forget my friend madibaa," use the affectionate name by which mandela was known to his followers. mandela wasn't always on the u.s. side. in the 1980s president reagan supported apartheid regime, and eastern as protests broke out an college campuses across america demanding the u.s. punish the regime. ♪ ♪ free mandela >> reporter: "free nelson mandela" became a popular anthem for black and white americans. finally, congress, including key republicans, overrode reagan's veto imposing the economic sanctions that helped break the apartheid regime. that set the stage for mandela's triumphant visit to washington as his country's preside
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
state. >>> president obama and first lady michelle are on their way to south africa to attend nelson mandela's memorial service. mean tile, tributes to the anti-apartheid icon continue to pour in. nbc's ron allen has more. >> reporter: the celebration of the life of nelson mandela continues now for yet another day. >> i'm very proud to be a south african. >> reporter: all this in anticipation of a huge event tomorrow, the memorial service at the main soccer stadium here. it seats 80,000 to 100,000 people. there will be world leaders from across the globe, dozens of them, including president obama, former presidents clinton, bush, and carter. for the past few days, there's been an outpouring of emotion. it's mostly been celebration also mixed with grief and mourning. but most people here are trying to focus on the positive and focus on the legacy of nelson mandela. >> i decided to come and pay respects for actually teaching me to look beyond color, to learn how to forgive. >> that is what nelson mandela was and is, actually, still. bringing people together despite their differences. >
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Dec 10, 2013 6:00am PST
. >> honoring the life and legacy of nelson mandela. what president obama said during the tribute ahead in a live report. >> let's step outside now here in the south bay, across san jose you can see the sun thinking about coming up. laura tells me it's guaranteed that it will. we have a chilly morning but a slight warming trend. this is supposedly it for the cold. tomorrow plain old cold and in the 60s for highs on friday. >> a trash fire burning in a san francisco warehouse. we'll tell you why firefighters can only battle the flames for 20 minutes at a time. >> plus, celebrating the life and honoring the legacy of nelson mandela, we'll tell you how president obama paid tribute to the man who changed the world ahead in a live report from south africa. >> as we approach 6:30 this morning we always take a live look at wall street. there is the start of the opening bell. looks like we start the week on the nasdaq, this is "today in the bay." >> good tuesday morning. i'm terry mcsweeney. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. happening now after more than nine hours crews still on the scene of a
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm PST
information on how mandela will be honored. after ten days of national mourning, a state funeral will be held. president and mrs. obama are among those scheduled to attend along with every living u.s. president and various other leaders from around the world. mandela will be buried december 15th in a private service in the village where he grew up. nbc bay area's joe rosato jr. shows us how mandela is being remembered by a few people here in the bay area who played a small role in mandela's effort to end apartheid. >> reporter: there are many pictures in the collection of reverend cecile williams but the one he counts as his most precious is the photo of him with nelson mandela. >> that picture you see of me speaking from after greeting him at that particular point is a picture that i cherish. >> reporter: the picture was taken during mandela's 1990 visit to the oakland coliseum four months after released from prison. williams was there to greet him. >> i was just so, so overcome by this man who was not just soft spoken, but who articulated and interpreted to people his genuine humanness
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm PST
obama. >>> we are back with more of our coverage of the passing late today of nelson mandela at the age of 95. as we've been saying all evening long, reaction is pouring in including some emotional comments from president obama delivered in the briefing room in the white house west wing. for more on that, our chief white house correspondent chuck to d is standing by on the north lawn tonight. when you look at the timeline, nelson mandela springs together so many american presidents. >> reporter: he does. sort of passing the baton. but there's something about the connection that president obama himself feels with nelson mande mandela. it's something that he shared tonight in a very powerful and poignant statement. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes
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Dec 7, 2013 7:00am PST
morning where remembering nelson mandela is taking on a celebrating tone. we saw people singing and dancing together as they remember this world leader. it's been celebrated around the world for a couple days now. president obama and the first lady will pay their respects in south africa next week. george w. bush and bill clinton along with their wives, laura bush and former secretary of state hillary clinton will join them. >>> the stadium is where his body will lie and stay in pretoria and he will receive a memorial in his birth town. we are shown how he's been remembered by a few people in the bay area who play a small role in his effort to end apartheid. >> reporter: the one he counts most precious is the photo of him with nelson mandela. >> that picture you see of me speaking from -- after meeting him at that particular point is a picture that i cherish. >> reporter: the picture was taken during mandela's 1990 visit to the oakland coliseum. williams was there to greet him. >> i was so, so overcome by this man who was not just soft spoken, but who articulated and interpreted to
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Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
office at 4:00 this afternoon. >>> the world is pausing to remember nelson mandela. 100 woshld every world leaders, including president obama, and tens of thousands of south africans gathered at a soccer stadium in johannesburg. we have now more now from the township. ♪ >> reporter: the massive memorial service for nelson monday della has come to an end. tens of thousands of people in the largest football stadium on the african continent wasn't completely filled. the rain may have kept people away. rain is thought to be a blessing, angel's weeping. there are now more celebrations continuing throughout the country. it's also a period of reflection. president obama said this is a time to think about the legacy that nelson mandela has left and to look at ourselves and see if we are living up to that legacy. >> nelson mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. south africa shows that is true. south africa shows we can change. >> interestingly, he also admonished a number of world leaders who were there saying that many people are embracing mandela's legacy of
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Dec 8, 2013 6:00am PST
. president obama in a unique way encouraged to go see him when he is still a senator. mandela encouraged to meet with up and coming star in politics. for our president to be so moved by mandela, to really have his own place in a civil rights struggle against apartheid. >> when it comes to president obama's presence on the international stage this potential for comprehensive agreement with iran yesterday. it could be worse. when it comes to the international stage how is his capital? >> i don't think it is exceedingly high. i think a lot of american allies think america has lost its nerve in some regard particularly when it comes to confronting iran. i think there is difficulty with our credibility because our economic standing has impact as well. it doesn't diminish america's power and influence in the world. >> how much focus for president obama in terms of international? it isn't just iran? >> it is looking so difficult. as you look towards next year disengaging from afghanistan becomes the story. iran becomes the big test. no one knows whether iran will do what president obama wants it t
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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm PST
winnie, who stood behind him while he was in jail. >> president obama addressed the nation this afternoon. his comments were very personal. he spoke of how mandela inspired millions of people to fight for justice and democracy, including himself. >> the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings are guided by their hopes and not by their fears. like so many around the globe, i cannot imagine my own life without the example mandela set. >> take a look at this video. it is from oakland. mandela came to the bay area and 58,000 people filled the coliseum to meet him. many recall being face to face with the man who changed the world. we have a look at nelson mandela through their eyes. >> reporter: we spoke with barbara lee. she says the bay area holds a special connection for him because of the leadership and the people here who fight for human rights and against apartheid in south africa. he stood smiling in front of a crowd of about 60,000 people packed into the oakland coliseum. this was 1990, and the bay area was the last stop in the u.s. tour for north america.
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Dec 10, 2013 5:00am PST
except george h.w. bush who cannot fly because of medical reasons. the president and mrs. obama arrived to loud cheers along with george w. bush and laura bush and hillary clinton. >> there is a word in south africa mbuntu. a word that captures mandela's greatest gift. his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye. >> for family members it was a funeral for a loved one. mandela's widow and ex-wife shared an embrace before the service. starting tomorrow mandela's coffin will be carried through the streets every morning to give as many people as possible the chance to pay their final respects. a state funeral will be sunday. >> happening now, crews are on the scene of a stubborn smoky trash fire. it broke out about 9:00 last night in a warehouse in san francisco. chase cain live at the scene near candlestick park. what's it look like now? >> reporter: there's still smoke coming out of the building. we're near candle stick park. i trash pile that was the length of a football field and eight feet deep. that fire did break out around 9:00 and it
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Dec 8, 2013 3:30pm PST
,would you? >>> good evening from south africa. president obama will begin making his way here to south africa tomorrow. to attend tuesday's public memorial service for nelson mandela. for three days now, south africans have been honoring and celebrating the man who helped unlock racist suppression and led his nation into democracy. it was a day of prayer and reflection. richard engel is also in johannesburg tonight and has this report. >> reporter: south africans let the holy spirit overwhelm them. they came to pray here because nelson mandela prayed here. fire master tom was growing up. mandela was in prison. they met only after he walk free. >> he was a friend. is he blood and flesh like us? because he was so good. >> reporter: for many here, mandela was more than just a prisoner turned president. he taught a lesson. >> we must always be humble, kind, and we huft love each other. >> the love that is everybody. >> reporter: even the u.s. ambassador got into the spirit singing kumbaya. >> it was incredibly powerful. if that singing did not stir your spirit -- >> reporter: this is a ver
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm PST
tribute to nelson mandela. he died last week at the age of 95. world leaders from nearly 100 countries are attending, including president obama who just arrived and is scheduled to speak. security willfá beçó tight at t stadium which holds 95,000 people. leaders will be behind bullet-proof glass.  presidentswo#jf bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter who calls mandela one of the leading people of the century. >> i would say that mow haute má gandhiw3 and nelson mandela wou q as well mother teresa of those people that you look on with a great deal of admiration aj inspiration. >> his body will lie in state for three days beforeÑit( movin( the smallvil the small village where hexd gr up. our coverage begins at 1:00 in the morning. and today in the bay will again at 4:00 in the morning. >>> and now to the latest in the investigation of the asiana crash. hearings begin tomorrow in ok washington, d.c.çóe1 representatives from boeing will the pilots who were in thec cockpit the day the plane asiana flight crashed and killed three teens and injured nearly 200 people.c now nbcÑi
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